by: Ulla Vänttinen
A new research note published by the Forestry Commission offers woodland managers in England guidance about what they can do to maximise their forestsí ability to cope with climate change. The projected increases in temperature, changes in the seasonality of rainfall and an increased frequency of extreme events add complexity to species selection and silvicultural practice. The Research Note advocates adapting forest management now to reduce forestsí exposure to future risks so that they can continue to provide goods and services for society. A key concept in managing the risk is diversification, from broadening the choice of genetic material and mixing tree species in different ways, to varying management systems and the timing of operations.
Research Note by Forest Research and Forestry Commission England, issued in September 2010, is available to download from the Commissionís online publications catalogue at